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Holding the Police Accountable

How does discriminatory policing affect us?

  • Nishell in Yonkers, NY said: I live in Harlem with my boyfriend, along with his roommate from Senegal. His roommate is black, and has been stopped and frisked multiple times and arrested once for having a small amount of weed on him. My boyfriend and I are white, and have never been stopped and frisked while out together. However, my boyfriend was stopped and searched by police while hanging out with his roommate in Times Square. Neither of them had anything on them. I am convinced there is subtle racism at play here, as my boyfriend's roommate is from Senegal and had no prior issues with the law before coming to America.

  • Jacob in Brooklyn, NY said: While riding the B69 bus a few weeks ago, I overheard three African-American teens discuss the fact that they took the bus and subway even for short trips, to avoid being stopped and frisked. That so many kids fear the overreach of our city's police force should alarm all of us.

  • Wanda in Beacon, NY said: As the mother of a young, African-American son, I want to see this ended. My son, like thousands of others, has always been a law-abiding citizen, but could at any time be "stopped and frisked" for no reason other than his skin color. This discriminatory practice must end. This is 2012 and the NYPD act like it is 1930 in the deep South. It must stop now!